Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 24, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The United States Supreme Court upholds the legality of voluntary affirmative action programs that give blacks and minorities special preference in job training. The high court ruled that such programs do not constitute reverse discrimination against whites and thus do not violate Title Vii of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
A State Department memo says the Cuban government has funneled arms to leftist Sandinista guerrillas in Nicaragua aboard Panamanian air force planes and trained hundreds of Sandinistas in Cuba.
Consumer prices jump 1.1% in May due to increases in the price of gasoline.
Oil - The United States pledges to freeze its oil imports through 1985, joining six other industrial nations in new curbs on foreign oil that may force vast lifestyle changes in the West.
President Carter calls the OPEC cartel’s price increases for crude oil “an economic watershed for the United States.” OPEC approved raising the base price of their oil to $18 a barrel from the current $14.55 a barrel.
Presidential adviser Alfred Kahn predicts that oil price increases by OPEC will result in double-digit inflation and bring “the danger of recession.”
Gas shortage – The US. discloses a decline in domestic oil production in late winter. And Libyan leader Col. Moammar Khadafy is quoted as saying he plans to stop oil exports for two years.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls for a one-day nationwide consumer boycott to protest the government’s failure to half galloping inflation.
In a setback to President Carter, the liberal Americans for Democratic Action overwhelmingly decide to try to convince Sen. Edward Kennedy to run for President.
Arkady Shevchenko, the former high-ranking United Nations officials who defected last year, says UN headquarters in New York has become “the most important base of al soviet intelligence operations in the world,” and 300 professional KGB agents are working there.
No Nuke Rally - More than 200,000 people gathered in Battery Park (Manhattan) to hear speakers urge that the sun replace nuclear energy.
The Shah of Iran, whose estimated net worth is about $17 billion, has placed a substantial amount of his assets with the Chase Manhattan Bank and is planning to sharply increase his holdings in the U.S.
Ted Kennedy says that “The American people are saying to their leaders that they want action on the economy,” as he argued that Carter has not been strong enough in enforcing his wage-price guidelines.
Federal employees who are too fat to fit comfortably into economy-section seats abroad airliners are flying first class at taxpayers’ expense despite a crackdown on the abuse of first class air travel.
Some 500 sailors riot at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in North Chicago.
16 were arrested.
Passing – Pee Wee Hunt (72) – Big Band trombonist and orchestra leader. He’s credited with the biggest-selling ragtime record ever – “12th Street Rag.”
Fascinating Business news – September 23, 1979
General Motors confirms that it will begin producing gasless, pollution-free electric cars in 1985. They say it’s possible by a major breakthrough in battery technology. The cars will travel 50 to 55 miles an hour and go 100 miles before a recharge.
Music news – September 23, 1979
ABC-TV was forced to change the title of Lisa Hartman’s first TV special from “Hot Stuff” because of a conflict with the Donna Summer single of the same name. The show airs this week.
Shaun Cassidy says at the age of 20, he’s not worried about losing his teen idol status – “I really try not to worry myself about it. I would no more want to remain in the teen magazines than the magazines would want to keep me. I don’t think you lose your audience just because you stop being the poster king… I have never tried to milk the teen idol thing for all it was worth, then say, ‘OK, I’m serious now.’” Another Cassidy may be on the way as his brother, 17-year-old Patrick, is talking to agents.
Television news – September 23, 1979
Me Brooks is signed to star in his first TV special. It’ll feature scenes from “Blazing saddles,” ‘Young Frankenstein,” and other Brooks movies, plus his new one – “The History of the World, Part 1.”
Despite faltering audience ratings for his six NBC specials last season, Bob Hope will do even more specials next season.
Lucille Ball, who has been part of CBS for 25 years, is hired-away by NBC for a series of specials.
Ed McMahon says that when NBC-TV loses Johnny Carson, it loses him, too. He says he wants no part of working “The Tonight Show,” with anybody else.
Johnny Carson appears on “60 Minutes” this week and his possibility of leaving the “Tonight” show.
Stock-car champ Richard Petty says he turned down an offer to appear on “Dukes of Hazzard’ because the money wasn’t right.
New on NBC-TV – Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Stars Gil Gerard and Erin Gray.
Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 23, 1979
CBS – Special-Universe, Movie
NBC – Laugh-In, Battle of the Generations, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – Eight is Enough, Charlie’s Angels, Vegas
PBS – Great Performances
Universe – Walter Cronkite anchors – and reports on the search for a cure for multiple sclerosis and other subjects.
Eight Is Enough – Tom and Susan suspect Abby and Susan’s boyfriend are having an affair.
A top tennis star is warned to throw a major tournament.
On the Tonight Show – David Letterman sits in for Johnny.
Top movies – September 23, 1979
Escape From Alcatraz
The Main Event
Lost and Found
Seduction of Joe Tynan
Life of Brian
Concorde Airport ‘79